Solar storms sparked by giant ‘magnetic rope’

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    On the left, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the magnetic rope as the thick looped structure extending above the edge of the sun. On the right, SDO observes as the surrounding cool magnetic field lines are pushed away by the intruding magnetic rope seen on the left. Both images are taken almost simultaneously (within three seconds of each other).A giant “magnetic rope” made up of twisting magnetic field lines could produce the strong electric currents that trigger solar storms, a new study finds.

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